To give an example... a credible report of a weeping statue occurred in 1972, with the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima (left) that was witnessed by large crowds to weep human tears in Louisiana. A few years later in 1978, the same statue again wept... but in the second occurrence, it did so in Las Vegas, Nevada. How significant that this statue - a tangible representative of the Fatima Message of Conversion, Prayer, and Sacrifice - has traveled the entire United States only to weep so copiously in two areas in our country that are well-known for unrestrained hedonism. New Orleans and its notorious Mardi Gras is in Louisiana, and we all know that Las Vegas capitalizes on the fact that it's popularly nicknamed the "Sin City". The locations in these two separate cases involving this miraculous statue were definitely prophetic factors as to why Our Lady shed tears.
I visited with Christina at her home four times, and during my last visit with her in 1998, she confided to me and my friends that the Blessed Mother had recently appeared to her in a manner that was personally distressing to the seer. Our Lady was weeping quietly, which up to that time my visionary-friend had never seen her do... so she asked her the reason behind the tears and Mary responded, "Christina, you need to pray... and tell others to pray more." Immediately, Christina was given a vision of a great disaster that would one day hit the United States and which would also end up affecting the Hawaiian islands. At that same moment, the Holy Mother's tears became blood, that streamed down her cheeks and fell upon her white dress causing dark red stains. The seer admitted that when she saw the Virgin's regular tears, her heart was filled with sorrow and compassion... but when she saw them transformed into blood, she was terrified and the impression it made on her was heartbreaking and indelible; Christina knew it was a dire warning that Our Lady was communicating and emphasizing to her, and she was deeply troubled by the experience.
To this day I have never forgotten the somber expression that was reflected on Christina's face as she mentally relived her vision all over again while sharing it with our small group; the look of anguish was evident... but there was also a glimmer of hope as she encouraged us to keep praying the Holy Rosary. Clearly, the Virgin's tears of blood mean something much, much more serious. I drew the image of the weeping Madonna that's seen above, based on my personal recollection of Christina's description of Our Lady's sorrowful appearance to her. I find my own drawing somewhat disturbing so I can just imagine what Christina felt when she saw the scene in person.
In contrast, while tears of water and blood express sorrow and pain, effusions of fragrant oil (in my humble opinion) are a blessed gift from God especially meant for the healing and spiritual encouragement of the Faithful. In Sacred Scriptures, the use of blessed oil was a method of consecrating something for a holy purpose, as well as being used as a healing agent:
~ James 5:14